Christmas Events In Pinellas (2023 Update)

Your guide to Christmas events in Clearwater-St. Pete

Looking for something festive to do this weekend? We’ve rounded up a list of Christmas events happening in Pinellas, all updated for 2023.

We are two local moms and love doing holiday-themed activities with our own kids. I’ve personally been frustrated trying to find a master list of local Pinellas activities since all the lists that pop up are for the huge Tampa Bay region.

Our list focuses specifically on local Christmas events for Pinellas families. We include some select Tampa Bay activities, like ZooTampa’s Christmas event, but only the ones we’d make the trip for ourselves.

This list is regularly updated as we find new events so don’t forget to check back!

Now, let’s find some Christmas cheer!

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Multi-Day Christmas Events Near Pinellas

Winter princess standing in front of lit Christmas trees at Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa
Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa

First up, here are the Christmas-themed events near Pinellas that run for multiple days in the holiday season.

Largo Central Park

  • LOCATION: 101 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL 33771
  • DATES: Nov 23-Dec 31
  • COST: Entrance is free but rides are an additional cost
  • Website

Largo Central Park is a beautiful light display and also has festive rides, food vendors and on select nights train rides.

ZooTampa Christmas in the Wild

holiday decorations of a flamingo with a santa hat at zooTampa
Holiday decorations at ZooTampa
  • LOCATION: 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
  • DATES: Select evenings between Nov 24-Dec 30th
  • COST: Free for membership & pay-for-a-day ticket holders ($5 reservation deposit); $29.95 for tickets
  • Website

ZooTampa puts on a Christmas extravaganza throughout December. It has Christmas light displays, festive activities, fun treats and more.

Psst… don’t forget to check out our guide to visiting ZooTampa before you go too.

Rudolph Limited Train at Largo Central Park

  • DATES: Dec 9 & Dec 16 from 5:30-9:30pm
  • COST: $10 per person
  • Website

The Largo Central Railroad does monthly miniature steam engine rides through Largo Central Park. For Christmas, they do two special evenings where they run the trains through the Christmas lights.

Sea of Holiday Joy at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

  • LOCATION: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767
  • DATES: Nov 24-Dec, select days and weekends
  • Website

See a scuba-diving Santa when you visit one of CMA’s Sea of Holiday Joy days. THere are also holiday craft stations and festive decor.

We have a full guide to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to check out too.

Heritage Village Santa Saturdays

  • LOCATION: 11909 125th St, Largo, FL 33774
  • DATES: Dec 9 & 16, 2023
  • Website

In addition to meeting Santa, there are kid-friendly activities, scavenger hunts, food trucks and music.

Folly Farms Harbor Holiday Nights

  • LOCATION: 1562 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
  • DATES: DEC 14-16
  • COST: Free, candy cane forest trolley rides $5
  • Website

Harbor Holiday Nights includes lights, a campfire with s’mores, kids’ activities and live music.

Note that there is no parking at Folly Farms and you have to take a shuttle from Elm & Cedar if you’re driving

Raprager Farm Country Christmas

the entrance to raprager family farm with a large nutcracker decoration
  • DATES: Friday-Sundays from Nov 24-Dec 23
  • COST: $15/person online tickets, 2 and under free
  • Website

Raprager’s Old Fashion Christmas has lots to do for families, including Santa, bounce pillow, chute slide, corn pit, petting zoo and lots of Christmas decorations and theming.

Check out our full guide to Raprager Farm

Long Center Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is a tree and wreath sale to benefit charity (the Arc Tampa Bay Foundation). You can walk through the beautifully decorated trees and meet Santa.

Fire Truck Santa Tours

Fire Rescue Stations throughout Pinellas will host special Santa tours on decorated fire trucks. I remember this so fondly from my own childhood and teen years (hunting down Santa was maybe even funner once we could drive).

St. Pete Libraries Santa Visits

  • North Community Library: Dec 19
  • Childs Park Community Library: Dec 20
  • West Community Library: Dec 21

In addition to photos with Santa, every child who comes to meet Santa will also be given a free book.

Clearwater Beach 12 Days of Christmas

Clearwater Beach businesses put on a variety of events in December, including a parade and holiday Market

Enchant Christmas Light Maze

  • LOCATION: 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
  • DATES: Select dates between Nov 24-Dec 30
  • COST: Cost varies by date (lowest $34 for adults, $26 for kids 3+)
  • Website

Clearwater Holiday Trolley Tours

Clearwater's jolly trolley car decorated with dolphins wearing Santa hats
Jolly Trolley decorated for Christmas

Santa tours around Clearwater on a Trolley Tour and you can meet him at a few of Clearwater’s recreation centers. In addition to Santa there are also holiday activities for kids. Here are Santa’s stops:

  • Dec. 8: North Greenwood Recreation & Aquatic Complex, 4:30-5:45 p.m.,
  • Dec 8: Clearwater Beach Library & Recreation Center, 6:15-7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 15: The Long Center, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Dec 15: Countryside Recreation Center, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Malena’s kids exploring Busch Gardens Chirstmas Town
  • LOCATION: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
  • DATES: Nightly from Nov 11- Jan 7
  • COST: Included with admission
  • Website

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens includes Christmas lights, Santa, a holiday train, holiday-themed attractions like meeting Rudolph, and holiday-themed food & shows.

Check out our full post on Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town for what you need to know before you go.

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One Day Christmas Events in Pinellas

The next set of events are one-day only events so add them to your calendar now. They’re ordered chronologically to make it easy to find an event by date.

Note: Parades, tree lightings and markets are in separate sections that you’ll find below.

Nov 26: H&R Trains Santa Reading Polar Express

  • LOCATION: 7900 49th ST N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
  • Website

H&R Trains’ Santa event includes both photos with Santa and Santa reading the Polar Express with refreshments served. From 11am-4pm, Santa is available for photos. He takes a short break and then at 5:45 cookies are served. 6pm Santa returns to read the Polar Express.

Note on the linked webpage, you have to scroll towards the bottom to find the blurb about Santa.

Dec 1: R.E. Olds Park Winter Wonderland

  • LOCATION: 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar, FL 34677
  • Website

Winter Wonderland has a giant snow slide, Santa, and bounce houses.

Dec 1: Santa Stroll at Countryside Mall

  • LOCATION: throughout Countryside Mall
  • Website

Countryside Mall turns into a festive event from 6-8pm to welcome Santa for the season. There are treats, characters, and activities; plus, attendees are encourages to dress in Christmas pajamas or sweaters.

Dec 1: There’s Snow Place like Tarpon Springs

  • LOCATION: Downtown Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Ave.)
  • COST: Free
  • Website

This is Tarpon’s biggest Christmas event and it sounds awesome. It include a snow slide, falling snow, their boat parade, kids’ crafts and Santa.

Dec 2: Dunedin Breakfast with Santa

  • LOCATION: Dunedin Community Center
  • COST: $8/person before Nov 29th, $12/person after
  • Facebook event

This event includes breakfast with Santa, along with crafts and entertainment. The cost goes up when you buy tickets closer to the event so early bird book if you plan to attend.

Dec 2: Countryside’s Reindeer Lane

  • LOCATION: Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Dr., Clearwater, 33761
  • COST: Free
  • Website

This event includes “reindeer games,” meeting Santa, and holiday snacks.

Dec 3: Dunedin Youth Guild Tour of Homes

  • LOCATION: 330 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
  • Website

The details on this event are light but you tour multiple local homes that are made festive for the holidays.

Dec 3: Belleair Party & Parade

Following their holiday parade, the town of Belleair puts on a Christmas party event that includes Santa, hot chocolate and activities like crafts.

Dec 5: Largo Very Merry Christmas Party

This event is already sold out!

  • LOCATION: Largo Community Center
  • Website

Put this on your radar for next year because this event is sold out! I checked early November and it was already sold out.

The event includes dinner, meeting Santa, and entertainment. For only a few dollars more, you can also add a light tour of Largo Central Park.

Dec 7: Movie on the Lawn – Elf

  • LOCATION: Morningside Recreation Complex, 2400 Harn Blvd.
  • Website

In addition to the outdoor showing of Elf at 6:30pm, they’ll also have hot chocolate, an ornament craft and face painting.

Dec 8: Holly-Day Jolly-Day Block Party

  • LOCATION: Ross Norton Rec Complex, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Ave., Clearwater 33756
  • Website

The evening event from 5:30-7:30pm includes a tree lighting, kids activities and food and live music.

Dec 8: Morningside Ho Ho Holiday Party & Hayride

  • LOCATION: Morningside Recreation Complex, 2400 Harn Blvd., Clearwater, 33764
  • Website

This evening event from 5:30-8:30pm includes kid-friendly activities liek crafts and inflatables, plus you can take a hayride to see Christmas lights.

Dec 9: Dunedin Old Fashioned Christmas & Parade

  • LOCATION: Douglas Avenue from Beltrees Street to Skinner Blvd; after events around Pioneer Park
  • Website

This event includes Dunedin’s holiday parade, followed by holiday activities and festivities around Pioneer Park.

Dec 9: Crest Lake Park Movie & Santa

  • TIME: Dec 9 at 6pm
  • COST: Free
  • Website

St. Pete Rec will be showing Home Alone 2 in the park and before the showing you can meet Santa and do holiday crafts.

Dec 15: Winter Holiday Social

  • LOCATION: North Greenwood Rec Complex, 900 N. MLK Jr. Ave., Clearwater
  • COST: Free
  • Website

This event includes photo with Santa, cookie decoration station and hot chocolate. 4pm-6pm.

Dec 19: Reindeer Games

The details on this one are thing but the description says you’ll compete in family holiday games for prizes.

Meet Santa Events

The back of a toddler's head while he meets Santa Claus

There are so many opportunities to meet Santa in our area in November and December that we made a separate list of these.

We also have a list for pet photos with Santa too!

Check out our list of where to meet Santa in St. Pete-Clearwater!

Winter-Themed Events

These next events are winter and snow themed instead of Christmas-themed. Each of them also feature snow activities — a very special treat for a Floridian kid!

Snow Fest at North Straub Park

  • LOCATION: North Straub Park, St. Pete
  • DATE: Dec 2, 9am-2pm
  • COST: $5 wristband for all activities (food not included)
  • Website

Snow Days at Florida Aquarium

Build your own snowman at the Florida Aquarium, with a small snowman on a table
Build your own snowman at the Florida Aquarium
  • LOCATION: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
  • DATES: December weekends & Dec 26-31
  • COST: Included with regular admission
  • Website

Snow Days at Florida Aquarium include snowballs kids can throw, make your own snowman (pictured above), snow-themed activities, maze, and more.

Christmas Parades

a funky christmas parade float with a christmas tree and unicorn at the safety harbor holiday parade
Float at the Safety Harbor holiday parade

There are lots of Christmas Parades happening throughout Pinellas between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here is a list the local parades happening this year, updated for 2023.

TIP: Bring along a stocking to collect candy or trinkets thrown from the floats

  • Nov 25: Downtown St. Petersburg Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
  • Dec 2: Safety Harbor Holiday Parade
  • Dec 3: Indian Rocks Beach Christmas Parade
  • Dec 3: Bellair Parade and Party (website)
  • Dec 9: Oldsmar Golf cart & Bike Holiday Parade (website)
  • Dec 9: Dunedin Old Fashion Christmas & Parade (website)
  • Dec 9: Paw-rade of Pets, Coachman Park (website)
  • Dec 9: Tarpon Springs (website)
  • Dec 12: Making Spirits Bright Parade, Island Way Grill (website)
  • Dec 16: Dunedin Golf Cart Parade

Holiday Boat Parades in Pinellas

A unique Floridian Christmas experience is to watch a boat parade. Boat owners decorate their boats with Christmas lights, music and decoration. The boats sail down a parade route so people on the shore can watch.

You can catch one of these whooping nine boat parades happening in Pinellas this year.

  • Dec 1 – Tarpon Springs Craig Park (website)
  • Dec 2 – Dunedin Boat Parade (website)
  • Dec 8 – South Pasadena Boat Parade (website)
  • Dec 9 – Clearwater Yacht Club Boat Parade (website)
  • Dec 9 – Madeira Beach Boat Parade (website)
  • Dec 9 – Pinellas Park Christmas Parade (website)
  • Dec 10 – Redington and Indian Shore Boat Parade (website)
  • Dec 16 – Treasure Island Boat Parade (website)
  • Dec 23 – Tampa Boat Parade

Best Christmas Lights

Christmas lights in the shape of Santa relaxing at the beach

Visit the coolest Christmas light displays in Pinellas. We made a stand-alone list of great Christmas lights that we keep updated through the season.

These are very best Christmas light displays in Clearwater-St. Pete

Christmas Tree Lightings

A large christmas tree

Many of the local cities in Pinellas host Christmas tree lighting events when they turn on their community Christmas tree. Usually these are accompanied by other festive activities like live music or a visit from Santa.

  • Nov 17: South Pasadena (website)
  • Nov 25: Downtown St. Petersburg Tree Lighting (and parade)
  • Nov 28: Oldsmar City Hall
  • Dec 1: Safety Harbor
  • Dec 1: Clearwater
  • Dec 2: Sponge Docks
  • Dec 2: Largo Central Park (and holiday stroll with performers)
  • Dec 8: Holly-Day Jolly-Day Block Party

Other Holiday Activities

Here are a few more holiday activity ideas to add to your list. Some of these are not formal events but are festive activities that kids will love, like visiting a pet zoo at a Christmas tree lot.

Library Activities

The libraries throughout Pinellas County have so many holiday-themed activities going on throughout the end of the year. Check your local library for their upcoming event calendar.

Calls from Santa

Local recreation centers organize volunteers to call kids as Santa, Mrs. Claus elves during set times. Find more information for each Santa Calling here:

  • Nov 29-30 through Belleair (website, Belleair residents only)
  • Dec 11th @ 6-8pm through Largo Rec (website)
  • Dec 12-14 through St. Pete Rec (website)

Gallagher’s Christmas Tree Lot

Toddler looking at goats at the petting zoo at a halloween pumpkin patch
Petting zoo goats at Gallagher’s
  • LOCATION: 7401 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
  • DATES: Opening Nov 17
  • Website

In addition to selling Christmas trees, Gallagher’s does up lots of festive photo op backgrounds, and has a small goat petting zoo and animals.

We visited their pumpkin patch as we were exploring local Halloween events and it was a great way to spend a morning with toddlers.

es winter and snow themed activities, like painting snow and a snow maze.

Robert’s Christmas Wonderland Store

  • LOCATION: 2951 Gulf To Bay Blvd Clearwater, FL 33759
  • Website

Visit Robert’s Christmas Wonderland store for a lot of holiday cheer. I remember visiting Robert’s as a kid and feeling like there was so much Christmas to see (and also being a little scared I’d break an ornament..).

Holiday Markets

  • Nov 18: Christmas Craft Sale at George C McGough Nature Park (website)
  • Nov 18-19: Tampa Bay Times Holiday Market (website)
  • Nov 25-26: Shopapoolza in St. Pete
  • Dec 2: Holiday Strolling Market at Largo Central Park, 6-10pm (website)
  • Dec 9: Merry Beach Market in Madeira Beach (website)
  • Dec 9: Coachman Park Holiday Market (website)
  • Dec 10: Kiwanis Arts & Crafts Show, Main Street Safety Harbor
  • Dec 16: Girl Gang Women-owned Business Christmas Market in Downtown Clearwater

Holiday Concerts

  • Nov 4: Indian Rocks Church Christmas Market (website)
  • Nov 12: Christmas Under the Oaks Market by GFWC Women’s Club at SPC (website)
  • Nov 16: Mannheim Steam Roller at the Couchman Park Sound (website)
  • Dec 2: Station Square Park Holiday Experience Music in the Park (website)
  • Dec 10: Florida Suncoast Chorus “Music of the Holidays” at Countryside Library
  • Dec 16: Holiday Concert in the Park, Largo Community Center (website)
  • Dec 23: Rockapella Christmas

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